QR clock is admittedly pointless, but extremely cool
It’s not often that a new initiative on a site like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Tindie opens with a sentence that calls itself “impractical.” But then again, some of the coolest products serve a purpose that is more about aesthetics than functionality. To that end, check out the QR Clock. From Michael Ciuffo’s Tindie store, the [...]...
Watch These Quadcopters Flip A Reverse Pendulum Into The Air And Catch It (No, Seriously, Watch)
While I hate using Buzzfeed-stype headlines, this video warrants the hyperbole. We’re all familiar with the magic of quadcopters – they can fly in formation, roll around obstacles, and even interact with each other. This video demo, however, takes the cake. These little fellows are flying in formation while balancing a reverse pendulum. They’re essentially doing baton tricks in mid-air. Created by the folks at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena this video shows the robotic coop...
Quadrocopters perform impressive pole acrobatic stunts
Quadrocopters are pretty cool — there’s no doubt about that, but a student at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Controls has taken it to a completely new level. Dario Brescianini programmed two small quadrocopters to perform stunts and balance poles, as well as toss poles to one another without a hitch. The two quadrocopters have small plates on top in order to catch the pole (called an inverted pendulum in this case). A lot of math went into figuring out the dif...
Nevada legalizes interstate online gambling
In an effort to beat New Jersey to the punch, Nevada signed into law a new bill that lets the state form pacts with other states that would allow non-Nevada residents to legally gamble without the state needing federal legislation. The bill was passed unanimously in both the Assembly and Senate yesterday. Bill AB114, as it’s called, was actually an “emergency measure” signed by governor Brian Sandoval in order to beat out New Jersey, which is said to pass a similar bill somet...
Nokia To Go Downmarket At MWC To Better Compete With Huawei And ZTE, Report Says
Windows Phone 8 is Nokia’s big play for the future, but as a result of focusing on those devices and their higher-end target market, the company is giving up ground to firms like Huawei and ZTE with lower end devices. But the Finnish company may be looking to get its budget-friendly groove back with the introduction of new, basic handsets not based on Microsoft’s mobile OS, to be unveiled at MWC next week according to Reuters. The tails of new models come from “company sources,...
Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV
This ain’t your daddy’s Tesla. In fact, the Renault Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the Model S: eye-catching where the Tesla is discrete; cheap where the electric sedan is expensive. Intended for city driving and the sort of short trips where nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the Twizy also manages to be a whole lot of fun, albeit with a couple of caveats (and preferably a pair of gloves). We raised our eco-cred with a Twizy blast around the urban jungle. The Twiz...
Tablets Take Off In 2012 According To Millennial, With Kindle Fire And iPad Mini Seeing Rapid Growth
In a new report from mobile ad platform Millennial Media, the company compiles its data on mobile device share across its network for all of 2012, revealing that tablets in particular accounted for a rising percentage of impressions, with Android devices stepping up their game considerably. The Kindle Fire and Samsung tablets were the big share winners, helping Android slates grab a considerable 41 percent of the tablet mix, compared to 58 percent for Apple. Millennial didn’t actually brea...
Asus launches Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan video card
Nvidia made a big splash this week with the unveiling of its new, incredibly high-end, incredibly expensive GeForce GTX Titan graphics card. Despite the high cost of the Titan, gamers around the world have been salivating and many are ready to purchase. The good news if you have the funds to buy this new video card is that Asus has launched its branded version today in Europe. The Asus GeForce GTX Titan is now available for $999. This is the most expensive video card aimed at computer gamers e...
Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest affected by Zendesk security breach
Three major Zendesk clients were affected by the security breach this week that allowed hackers into their systems. Zendesk is a customer service software provider and it announced this week that its system had been compromised. The three major clients affected by the security breach include twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Zendesk announced the security breach via a blog post early Thursday night. Tumblr notified affected users via e-mail at 6:35 PM PST on Thursday night that their accounts ma...
Astronomers discover Moon-sized exoplanet called Kepler-37b
Scientists have announced that they have discovered an odd little planet that has set a new record for the smallest alien world ever discovered. According to the scientists, the exoplanet is about the same size as the Earth’s moon. The planet has been dubbed Kepler-37b. The scientists involved in the discovery say that this is the first exoplanet ever discovered that is smaller than Mercury. The planet makes an orbit of its parent star every 13 days and has an insanely high surface tempe...
Mercury once boasted an ocean of boiling hot magma says researchers
Scientists and researchers all around the world are constantly looking at our universe and trying to learn new details about our solar system and what’s going on beyond our solar system in the universe. Recently researchers from MIT published the results of an experiment that demonstrates that Mercury may have had an ocean of magma on its surface. The experiment demonstrated that Mercury could have had its lava ocean approximately 4,000,000,000 years ago. During the study, the scientists...
North Korea to switch on 3G network for foreigners by March 1
By March 1, foreigners in North Korea will be able to access the Internet via a 3G mobile network. This is achieved by using a SIM card that is available for purchase for a lowish fee, but is unique to visitors. Those who live in North Korea are limited in their access to mobile services, and still won’t have access to the World Wide Web. The network will be provided by Koryolink. The service is set to launch by March 1, though it could happen earlier. This follows a change in North Kore...
Retinal implant allows the blind to see again
Blindness is arguably one of the worst afflictions one can have, making life exceedingly difficult. Nine people have been liberated from the from their blindness, however, thanks to a retinal implant that stores a light to an eye that otherwise can’t see it. Called the Alpha IMS, this device utilizes the eye’s own neurons, unlike some other devices. A device is implanted in the patient head and is powered via a separate battery pack that is wireless and located outside of the body....
Retinal implant allows the blind to see again
Blindness is arguably one of the worst afflictions one can have, making life exceedingly difficult. Nine people have been liberated from the from their blindness, however, thanks to a retinal implant that stores a light to an eye that otherwise can’t see it. Called the Alpha IMS, this device utilizes the eye’s own neurons, unlike some other devices. A device is implanted in the patient head and is powered via a separate battery pack that is wireless and located outside of the body....
Asus Transformer Book hybrid now available for pre-order
Back in June, we got our hands on Asus’s Transformer Book, a laptop/tablet hybrid running Windows 8. Today, some retailers have opened the 13.3-inch version up to pre-orders, with users being able to grab it for $1,480. Says one retailer, the device will be in stock and begin shipping in the middle of next month. Officially the Asus Transformer Book TX300CA, the biggest thing that separates this svelte hybrid from Asus’s Transformer Pad is its innards. Equipped with an Intel Core i...
Ubuntu Touch SDK Alpha and Developer Preview now available for Nexus devices
On Tuesday, we reported that the Ubuntu for tablets OS would be released for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10, as well as the smartphone version for Nexus handsets, as a developer preview today. Canonical has officially announced its availability, saying that enthusiasts and developers alike can grab the source code now and get busy. The company stresses, however, that this is not something you’ll want to run on your daily device. It stresses this point with bold text, stating that the Touch...
Ford expanding Cleveland plant to meet growing demand
It is no secret the auto industry has suffered for years, but things are starting to lean towards the upswing, with Ford announcing that it will be expanding its plant in Cleveland, Ohio. This move comes in response to growing demand, and will allow the company to focus on creating more SUVs and efficient cars. Expanding the plant not only shows good things for Ford, but also brings with it the creation of 450 new jobs. The announcement was made earlier today, during which the manufacturer sai...
NBC websites hacked and compromised with malware
Earlier today, Ronald Prince sent out a tweet stating that NBC.com had been infected with malware and that users should avoid visiting. This prompted others to look into the issue, with HitmanPro and Sucuri both confirming the issue, stating that a trojan and exploit links were present. In light of this, NBC released a simple statement confirming the problem while assuring users that their information hadn’t been compromised. Visting the website in Chrome would prompt it to block access...
Orange Ramps Up Own-Brand Range With 3 More Android Handsets, And Its First LTE Device, Has Sights On Windows Phone
Perhaps aware of the tsunami of news that will hit during Mobile World Congress, we are seeing an increasing amount of news releases coming out before the actual event. France Telecom/Orange has already told us about one device — an Android smartphone with Fujitsu aimed at the senior market — and now it is following that up with three more, own-branded, Android handsets aimed squarely at the middle market of smartphone users. The Lumo (pictured) is the carrier’s first own-bran...
Why the World Needs A Universal Game Console
The recent announcement of NPD’s game console numbers had me thinking about the industry and what it has become. Each month, we examine those figures to see where the market stands and fans of all three major consoles take up arms to explain why their product is best. But all of that debate and all of the talk about the success or failure of devices like the Wii U make me question what the future looks like. We’re expected to see more game consoles hit the marketplace in the next year or so, and...